Article 1 — Name and Principles
- The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations, hereafter referred to as IUF, is an international federation of national trade union organizations in the food processing, beverage manufacturing, tobacco processing, agricultural and plantation sectors and hotel, restaurant and catering industries, trades and services, hereafter referred to as food and allied industries, which have associated to defend common interests on the basis of the following principles:
- all social life is governed by economic and social relations which are subject to rational understanding and change by people organized for this purpose;
- the existing economic and social relations reflect the power of minority interests who have organized social life for their own benefit and to the detriment of the vast majority of the world’s population;
- the prevalence of such minority interests is the main cause of the major social evils, such as poverty, hunger, insecurity, oppression and war, which threaten the welfare and the very future of mankind;
- it is incumbent on the labour movement, as the basic progressive force in society, to utilize all appropriate means to successfully assert the general interest of the people at large, and to promote institutions through which the people may democratically determine their own economic and social destinies, and secure freedom, well-being, security and peace;
- the production, processing and distribution of food and associated commodities are a basic social service to the community. It is the responsibility of the labour movement and, in the first place, of the workers in the food and allied industries, to ensure that the world’s resources in food be utilized so as to serve the general interest rather than private or public minority interests.
- Guided by these principles, the IUF shall undertake to defend in every way the general and specific interests of the workers of all countries employed in the food and allied industries.
- In pursuit of this aim, the IUF shall set itself the following tasks:
Article 2 — Objectives
- to undertake every effort to strengthen its affiliated unions in the field of organization or education, and to support the struggles of its affiliated organizations to improve the living and working conditions of their members;
- to assist affiliates to increase their membership and union density in food and allied industries and services;
- to establish new unions in regions or industries where trade union organizations did not previously exist;
- to protect its affiliated organizations, on their request, from attacks by governments, employers or other organizations;
- to assist its affiliated organizations, on their request, in co-ordinating their policies on all matters affecting the living and working conditions of workers in the food and allied industries;
- to disseminate information and to conduct research in support of the activities or interests of its affiliated organizations;
- to promote national legislation and international agreements in the interests of its affiliated organizations or of the working population as a whole;
- to engage in common projects with other organizations wherever such projects promote the interests of its affiliated organizations or of the working population as a whole;
- to undertake whatever other measures may be necessary to defend the interests of its affiliated organizations or of the working population as a whole.
- it shall actively defend the full range of human rights and democratic freedoms.
Article 3 — Methods
- by building a strong international trade union organization in the food and allied industries and services, capable of effectively representing and promoting the workers’ interests, in particular in the face of national and worldwide concentration of capital, the growth of transnational companies and developments within national and global economies;
- by promoting, developing and wherever possible resourcing organizing initiatives and projects whose primary purpose is to support the growth of affiliates’ memberships, including through organizing migrant workers and increase union density in food and allied industries and services;
- by collecting and disseminating information by means of periodical publication of news, surveys and reports for the purpose of supporting the activities of its affiliated organizations, strengthening their solidarity and mutual understanding and expressing a trade union view on international social, economic and political questions which affect the workers in the food and allied industries;
- by convening international meetings in order to define priorities and programs, and to put coordinated action into effect;
- by giving moral and, where practicable, financial support to affiliated organizations in cases of strikes, and other conflicts or difficulties;
- by assisting affiliates to organize and represent migrant workers in IUF sectors, including through the use of the Reciprocity Agreement (Appendix 1) which stipulates the mutual relations among affiliated organizations and their international rights and duties in relation to safeguarding the interests of members of affiliated organizations staying in a foreign country.
- by promoting trade union ideas and democratic trade union principles in countries where there are no free trade unions in the food and allied industries, or where existing organizations are weak;
- by representing the interest of the food and allied workers on international bodies;
- by cooperating with all independent international trade union organizations which are based on free trade union principles;
- by establishing and maintaining a secretariat.
Article 4 — Membership
- food processing and beverages manufacturing
- tobacco processing
- hotel, restaurant, catering, tourism
- agriculture, plantations and rural areas including forests
- allied and related industries and services
shall be eligible for membership in the IUF.
Article 5 — Governing Authorities
- The Congress
- The Executive Committee
- The Strategic Leadership Committee
- The Secretariat
- The Regional Committees
Article 6 — The Congress
- Up to 5,000 members, one delegate
- Between 5,001 and 10,000 members, two delegates of which at least one should be a woman
- Between 10,001 and 20,000 members, three delegates of which at least one should be a woman
- Between 20,001 and 40,000 members, four delegates of which at least two should be women
- Between 40,001 and 60,000 members, five delegates of which at least two should be women
- Between 60,001 and 80,000 members, six delegates of which at least three should be women
- Between 80,001 and 100,000 members, seven delegates of which at least three should be women
- Between 100,001 and 120,000 members, eight delegates of which at least four should be women
- Between 120,001 and 140,000 members, nine delegates of which at least four should be women
- 140,001 and greater, ten delegates of which at least four should be women.
- The total number of delegates from one organization shall, however, not exceed 10.
- election of the Congress officers;
- election of the Credentials Committee;
- adoption of Standing Orders governing the procedure of the Congress;
- reception of reports on activity of the Secretariat, the Executive Committee, the Strategic Leadership Committee and specialized IUF bodies;
- reception of the financial and auditor’s reports;
- determination of the annual affiliation fee;
- decision upon resolutions submitted by affiliated organizations and bodies of the IUF;
- amendment of the Rules, if required;
- exclusion of organizations;
- determination of the headquarters of the IUF;
- election of the Executive Committee;
- election of the President and the Vice Presidents;
- election of the General Secretary;
- endorsement of the appointment of Auditors;
- adoption of all regulations forming an integral part of the Rules of the IUF.
Article 7 — The Extraordinary Congress
Article 8 — The Executive Committee
- The IUF shall be governed by an Executive Committee, elected by Congress. The president of the IUF shall be elected by Congress from among the titular members of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of representatives for each region and of the General Secretary. Two substitutes shall be elected for each titular member and shall be entitled to participate in Executive Committee meetings as additional delegates, without voting rights, at the expense of the delegating unions. In addition the Presidents of any IUF Trade Group representing 10% or more of the membership of the IUF and the Presidents of the Women’s Committee, the LGBTI Workers and Allies’ Committee and the Young Workers’ Committee shall have ex-officio positions on the Executive Committee. The Vice-Presidents of these Trade Groups and of the Women’s Committee shall act as alternate members.
- Should a member of the Executive Committee retire from her/his position as member of the Executive Committee, the Executive Committee shall designate her/his successor on the proposal of the same region as the retiring member, endeavoring to ensure that s/he is from the same country as the retiring member. The successor shall be designated in such a way that the representation of the region shall conform with paragraph 37 of the Rules regarding the number of women delegates. The same rule shall apply to alternate members of the Executive Committee.
|up to||60,000 members||1 delegate|
|60,001 – 160,000 members||2 delegates, of which at least 1 woman|
|160,001 – 280,000 members||4 delegates, of which at least 2 women|
|280,001 – 400,000 members||5 delegates, of which at least 2 women|
|400,001 – 550,000 members||6 delegates, of which at least 3 women|
|550,001 – 700,000 members||8 delegates, of which at least 4 women|
|700,001 – 850,000 members||9 delegates, of which at least 4 women|
|850,001 and more members||10 delegates, of which at least 4 women|
The same representation regulations are valid for alternate members.
|North America||Eastern Europe and Central Asia|
|Latin America||Eastern Mediterranean|
|Nordic Countries||South Asia|
|United Kingdom and Ireland||North-East Asia|
|Continental Western Europe||South-East Asia|
|Central, North-East and South-East Europe||Pacific|
Article 9 — The Strategic Leadership Committee
- The Strategic Leadership Committee shall consist of the President, the General Secretary and eight Vice-Presidents. The President and Vice-Presidents shall be elected by Congress from among the titular members of the Executive Committee. Congress shall also elect a substitute for each of the Vice-Presidents from among the titular members of the Executive Committee. In addition the Presidents of any IUF Trade Group representing 10% or more of the membership of the IUF and the Presidents of the Women’s Committee, LGBTI Workers and Allies’ Committee and the Young Workers’ Committee shall have ex-officio positions on the Strategic Leadership Committee. The Vice-Presidents of these Trade Groups and one of the Vice-Presidents of the Women’s Committee shall act as alternate members.
- A 1st Principal Vice-President and a 2nd Principal Vice President shall be elected by Congress from among the titular members of the Strategic Leadership Committee and at least one shall be of a different gender than the President.
- Should a Vice-President retire from her/his position, the Executive Committee shall designate her/his successor from the same region, preferably seeking to ensure that s/he is from the same country and of the same gender as the retiring Vice-President. The rule covering women’s representation in the Executive Committee (Paragraph 37) shall also apply to the eight Vice-Presidents. The same rules shall apply for alternate Vice-Presidents.
- At least four of the eight Vice-Presidents elected at congress shall be of a different gender.
Strategic Leadership Committee members from developing regions to allow them to participate in Strategic Leadership Committee meetings.
Article 10 — The President and Principal Vice-Presidents
Article 11 — The Secretariat
Article 12 — Regional Organizations
- The regional organizations shall be answerable for their actions to the Executive Committee and shall submit to it annual reports on their activities. All questions affecting the general policy of the IUF shall be referred to the Executive Committee.
- Regional organizations which, at the same time, constitute regions for the purpose of representation on the Executive Committee within the meaning of Article 8 (39) shall be entitled to a woman delegate on the Executive Committee, even if the membership of the region is too low to qualify it for such representation under Article 8 (37).
Article 13 — Special Groups
Article 14 — Trade Groups
Article 15 — Women’s Committee
Article 16 — Young Workers’ Committee
Article 17 — LGBTI Workers and Allies’ Committee
Article 18 — Membership in IUF Bodies
Article 19 — Duties of the Affiliated Organizations
- keep the Secretariat informed of its elections and of any changes in its list of officers and its membership as per December 31 each year;
- furnish the Secretariat with any information required, to the best of its ability;
- publish in its journal, on its website and on other social media, information sent by the Secretariat for that purpose;
- send a copy of its journal to the Secretariat immediately on publication;
- send at least two copies of its annual report to the Secretariat;
- pay regularly to the Secretariat the affiliation fees in accordance with its membership (cf. Article 20) during the first quarter of the year for which they are due or by monthly or quarterly instalments.
Article 20 — Affiliation Fees
- In the case of financial difficulties verified by the Executive Committee or the Secretariat, an organization may, on request, be allowed to postpone the payment of its affiliation fees for a limited period.
- Other than membership fees and special levies, there are no financial obligations to the IUF
- If an organization is more than one year in arrears with the payment of affiliation fees without being granted permission, it shall lose its rights and privileges in the IUF.
- Any organization which is in arrears in the payment of two annual affiliation fees and does not pay them on request shall be considered as having withdrawn from membership.
Article 21 — Official Journal
Article 22 — Dissolution of the IUF
Article 23 — Concluding Provisions
Appendix 1 to the IUF Rules — Reciprocity Agreement
This Reciprocity Agreement is valid for all Unions affiliated to the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF).
- Members of affiliated unions who take up employment abroad may request an IUF International Union Card through their current union (hereafter referred to as “home union”).Members having worked for one month in a country other than their own may join an IUF affiliate in that country (hereafter referred to as “host union”). No entrance fee shall be charged. A member may join the host union on the condition only that s/he (or she) has fulfilled all obligations as member of the home union (payment of dues, etc.) up to the time of departure.
- Members so transferred shall enjoy the same rights to benefits as the host union’s own members under the latter’s Rules and Regulations, subject to the same length of combined membership of their home union and their host union.
- The dues to be paid by members so transferred shall be those fixed by the host union.
- The membership record issued by the host union shall show the original date of the member’s joining her or his home union, as shown on the member’s home union membership record and also the date of transfer.
Information and Advice
Subject to the above provisions, bearers of an IUF International Union Card are entitled to apply to the host union for information and advice. The appropriate services or departments of the host union are requested to afford them every possible help and assistance.
Appendix 2 to the IUF Rules — Regulations Governing the Functions and Duties of the General Secretary
- The General Secretary shall be responsible for the management of the Secretariat and for the prompt completion of its work in accordance with the resolutions and directives of the Executive Committee.
- The General Secretary shall be responsible for the maintenance of a competent office staff of clerical secretaries and such other similar assistance as may be required, subject to reasonable limitations imposed by the financial ability of the organization.
- The General Secretary shall have the authority, in consultation with the President, and subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, to select such expert help and expert staff as are required to carry on the work of the Secretariat, either at the site of the Secretariat or in those areas where regional organizations exist.
- The terms of employment of the Secretariat staff shall be laid down by the General Secretary in agreement with the Strategic Leadership Committee.
- The General Secretary shall be responsible for the IUF website and other such periodical publications as may be approved by the Executive Committee.
- The General Secretary shall be responsible for presenting a proposed annual budget to the Executive Committee and shall prepare regular financial reports for submission to the Executive and Strategic Leadership Committees, as those Committees may direct.
- S/He shall receive and acknowledge all financial remittances to the IUF and shall see, to the best of her/his ability, to the timely payment of per capita dues by all affiliates.
- S/He shall maintain the books and records in such a manner as to enable a reasonable audit to be made.
- S/He shall keep a correct account of all financial transactions conducted through her/him between the Secretariat and affiliated organizations; s/he shall prepare all financial reports required by the Rules or called for by the Executive Committee.
- S/He shall duly record and currently deposit all receipts of the Secretariat; subject to the Executive Committee, s/he shall establish and enforce an accounting and auditing system which shall ensure that all expenditures be properly approved, be recorded and adequately supported by vouchers, and all expenditures be made by check (except from petty cash) and none from undeposited cash receipts; upon receipt of proper vouchers, s/he shall cause checks to be drawn and properly issued.
- S/He shall secure the approval of the President, the Executive or Strategic Leadership Committee in the expenditure of any sum in the amount greater than 0.25 percent of the adopted budget, not provided for in that budget.
- The General Secretary is charged with implementing the provisions of Articles 1 to 3 of the present Rules.
- The General Secretary shall be responsible for complying with those requirements of her/his office as are contained in various Articles of the Rules, such as preparation for meetings, congresses, etc.
- The General Secretary may serve as representative of the IUF at meetings, congresses or conventions called by affiliates and other organizations.
- Invitations from and to non-affiliates may be granted or accepted in connection with organizations who meet all the eligible requirements for membership in the IUF.
- Invitations to or from organizations which do not meet the above criteria shall be dealt with in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the Executive Committee and in those cases where the guidelines may not totally apply, the General Secretary shall consult with the Strategic Leadership Committee which shall decide.
- In cases where s/he is unable to accept an invitation to represent the IUF, the General Secretary may delegate such representation to a member of the Executive Committee, an officer of an affiliated organization or a member of the Secretariat staff.
- The General Secretary is an ex-officio member of all IUF bodies.
- The General Secretary may provide assistance to a non-affiliate only as directed by the Executive or Strategic Leadership Committees, and in any situation involving immediate emergency action only after consultation with the President, or if such assistance is approved by the affiliated organization(s) in the country in question.
- Staff members representing the IUF in various regions or countries within which the IUF functions are to be considered extensions of the office of the General Secretary, and are required to conform with the regulations outlined above.